Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?
Music/Lyrics: Hughie Cannon
Vocals: Dr. Jack McConnell
Original Artist: Hughie Cannon
Historian: Ellis Godard (lemuria)
Hughie Cannon wrote “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey” in 1902, but the song was popularized by Lloyd Price (on 1952’s "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy"), Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin (reaching #19 in 1960), Sarah Vaughan (on 1963’s Sassy Swings the Tivoli), and Carol Channing. The title character is a railroad workman, and the song tells the story of a woman weeping for having kicked her hubby out. Originally a mix of big band and blues, most modern versions are barbershop or boogie-woogie. Phish has performed the song (in the latter format) six times, all with Page’s father on lead vocals and all but one on southern swings near the McConnell home (the 6/20/04 performance at SPAC being the lone exception).
"Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" 10/15/10 North Charleston, SC (with Dr. Jack McConnell)
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